When I think back on the past year mostly I get tired.
In 2011 I started The Points Between. It's a great experience, but it is literally the most difficult thing I've ever tried to write, and I'm not making it any easier by writing it in serial form. So this year was mostly me struggling through that while trying to manage other things: upgrading the site from Drupal 6 to Drupal 7 (which was excruciating), joining a writing group (which is a little bit exhausting), continuing the comic, going to my day job, spending time with my daughter...
... on top of that, I started Curveball. I pretty much had to, because if all I did was write The Points Between I'd go crazy. But I'd only intended Curveball to be a side project, and what did I do? I got sucked into the idea of publishing it "like a comic book," monthly, with a cover and everything.
Meanwhile, I started to spend more on all the fiction stuff, paying for an artist to produce cover art, working on trade paperbacks, that sort of thing. And so taxes are starting to get more complicated. To help with that, this June I started a single-member LLC (Eviscerati Communications LLC) to act as my publishing company, so that it will be easier to keep my publishing finances separate from everything else.
MEANWHILE I've been trying to rework all my podcasts so that I can submit them to podiobooks. Podiobooks is supposed to be a pretty great way to attract an extra audience. I was hoping to start that last year, but I screwed up the recording process and lost a lot of work. I don't really have anything to show for that yet, but that's why I haven't been posting podcasts of Curveball like I have with The Points Between.
MEANWHILE I'm trying to figure out if it's worth my time to go to more cons and set up a booth. Every year I go to What the Hell?!? Con in Greensboro, but that's more of a vacation than anything else, and that's mostly because of my webcomic.
And through all that my publication schedule has been seriously disrupted. At this point last year I expected to be finished with The Points Between -- I just got started on Act Two. Sigh.
MCA is actually doing more than I am, but I'm tired anyway...